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What is the secret of Soylent Green?
In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
It's 2022, the world is overpopulated, food is scarce and the most popular food is soylent green. Soylent Green stars Charlton Heston as a cop investigating the murder of a top level Soylent executive. Movie is proof that you can make a top notch science fiction movie without the heavy use of computer aided special effects. Movie paints a future that my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. would appreciate.
There are lots of great scenes in this movie...the ones that stand out to me:
1. Edward G. Robinson's final scene in the movie and the final scene in his long movie career....he died 10 days after film wrapped.
2. Heston and Robinson eating a real meal for the first in…
I honestly thought this was going to be more of a sci-fi movie and more action packed, but it is really more of a slow burn detective story. It was worth a watch and I'm sure it would have had more of an impact without the giant spoiler everyone already knows about at this point. Still Charlton Heston is great in anything and he's always entertaining for an hour and a half or so.
If you've made it this far without having the film spoiled for you, bravo. If not, and like me you've avoided it knowing the line and therefore knowing the film, it might be worth a watch.
Unlike most of today's sci-fi films, Soylent Green manages to craft a real and interesting future world.
From the run-down buildings, the difference between rich and poor and the roles people are assigned are all great and add to the world presented in the film. And considering the film came out in 1973, all these ideas pop up in today's films.
But aside from creating a credible future world, and the mostly known plot twist, there is not much more in the film.
There are some stand out scenes, like the bulldozers in the riot, and Edward G. Robinson's final scene, both in the film and of his career.
But these stand out scenes are placed in between the investigation…
An outdated film, but only in terms production merits. The message of Soylent Green is just as -- if not more -- relevant today than it was back in 1973.
An important film that will affect and change you emotionally thanks to Edward G. Robinson's stellar and final performance.
6/365 (365 films in 365 days)
Set in an over-populated, dystopian future, this film depicts a police detective's hunt to discover the secret behind the world's new food source. An interesting film with a plot that has so much potential (and could be amazing if considered for a reboot). Dystopian futures are some of my favourite concepts for films and this one certainly delivered.
Me gustan las distopias futuristicas, me gustan los thrillers setenteros, me gustan las películas de Ciencia Ficción que dejan algo para discutir y analizar luego de que la misma se acabe, "Soylent Green" tiene todo eso y a pesar de sus evidentes fallos y de que Heston hace el típico papelito de "el que mas pelea de todos, el que tiene mas puntería que todos y de paso se acuesta con el bombón de turno", pues me he gustado lo suyo.
Esperaba que me gustase un poco más. Quizá hubiera sido así si no la hubiese visto por la mañana. No hay que ver películas por la mañana.
"Soylent Green" (en España con título de disco de Lori Meyers) se enmarca dentro de la ola de historias de ciencia-ficción ecológica surgida a principios de los años setenta, con películas como "Naves misteriosas" o "Contaminación", pero consigue rebasar largamente su carácter discursivo gracias a la excelente dirección de Richard Fleischer: su retrato de la Nueva York del año 2022, repleto de imágenes perturbadoras (¿cómo sacarse de la cabeza la escena de los camiones cazando pobres con las palas?), el montaje de la secuencia de imágenes inicial y de todo el tramo final,…
Small, brutal power struggles, the future as a prison, this movie's got it all
Completely unwatchable these days, unless you somehow managed to not get spoiled beforehand.
There was always a certain haminess to Charlton Heston's acting style, but it seemed to begin overtaking his performances around the time of Planet of the Apes. Soylent Green may be the zenith of this period for Heston. But don't hold me to this... I haven't seen The Omega Man in a while.
50 years in the future, a runaway greenhouse effect and extreme overpopulation have caused real food to become unavailable for all but the very richest people (a jar of strawberry jam costs $175 - and that's in 1973 dollars). The Soylent Corporation provides the food for most of the people in the form of Soylent Red and Yellow (fruit- and vegetable-based extract chips) and their newest product, Soylent Green (made from plankton). In this world, Detective Thorn (Charleton Heston) investigates the murder of a top executive of Soylent, which he believes may have been an assassination. The film features the final role of Edward G. Robinson as Heston's roommate Sol Roth.
Looking back the last scene with Edward G. Robinson is actually really touching now knowing it was his last film before he died. Great performance by Charlton Heston as well.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
You already know it’s people, so there’s no point in watching it.
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